PEDro is a free Australian online database of trials, reviews, and guidelines in physiotherapy. It is produced by the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, a collaborative research hub developed by the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District.
This resource gives access to citations and (usually) abstracts of journal articles and other items.
Pros and cons: advantages of using PEDro:
Pros and cons: disadvantages of using PEDro:
From the PEDro home screen you can choose to search, browse, learn about EBP, access related resources, or learn about PEDro.
Advanced Search is recommended for health professionals. There are numerous lines of search, including
You can combine the different lines of search using Boolean (combining) operators. Note that the option to set these is at the very bottom of the page. The operator you select applies both to terms within a search box and to the boxes as well. The default is to combine with AND.
In the free-text search boxes you can use truncation (*), and force a phrase search by enclosing your terms in double quotation marks.
Your results will be presented as brief records. They are sorted by level of evidence. You can click on a title to view the article details. You can select certain records, and Display Selected.
At the list of Selected Records, you can export to EndNote.
You shouldn't expect to get the full articles in your results. Where links to full-text are provided, they might work from on-campus, but not from off-campus. You might need to search for the articles in Primo Search to get the full-text.